Oumi Sone Castle

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Sonejō was a branch fort of Ogurajō constructed by the Ogura Clan. Its position along a cliff overlooking the Echi River valley made it strategically useful to the Ogura in protecting their territory in Echi District. No ruins remain.

Visit Notes

Sonejō is a clifftop fortification site overlooking the Echi River valley. There is a comely thatched roof temple directly below. Whilst I was looking in the fields for some evidence of a fortification having existed – and finding none – I did come across a deceased mole. Because their mounds are big, their small size always surprises me when I see them. I’ve not seen a living one though. I wonder that they surface when dying? Anyway, some pictures online show a row of ishigaki here, but it’s not related to the castle and looks fairly recent in its construction.


Castle Profile
English Name Oumi Sone Castle
Japanese Name 近江曽根城
Founder Ogura Clan
Year Founded Sengoku Period
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Visitor Information
Access Yōkaichi Station on the Ōmi Rail Kotō-Ōmi Line; 13 minute drive or 80 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Field
Time Required 10 minutes
Location Higashi-Oumi, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 6' 3.74" N, 136° 15' 26.21" E
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